2023-2024 Mentors

2023-2024 Mentors

Each Mentoring Circle is lead by an experienced CV-Well member who helps guide participants through the program. 



Elizabeth L. Abbey, PhD, RDN, CDN


Elizabeth “Beth” Abbey is an Associate Professor and Chair of the undergraduate Health Sciences Department at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA where she teaches courses in general nutrition, health & well-being, sport nutrition, and food systems. Her research interests are varied and have covered aspects of health and well-being in athletic and non-athletic populations. Most recently, she has completed wellness coaching training through Wellcoaches and is excited to incorporate those skills into her teaching, practice, and research. Beth served as the SCAN Chair-Elect (2020 – 2021) and as the SCAN SD-USA Subunit Director from 2016 – 2019. She earned a BS in Biology and a BA in Chemistry from Whitworth University, an MA in Exercise Physiology from The College of St. Scholastica, a PhD in Nutrition for Sport and Chronic Disease at Virginia Tech and completed her dietetic internship at the Mayo School of Health Sciences. Beth grew up on a wheat farm and has been involved in promoting sustainable local food systems and environmental stewardship through her work as a founding member of the Spokane Food Policy Council and a member of the 350 Spokane Interfaith Committee. A long-time runner, Beth ran cross country and track at Whitworth and has served an assistant coach for the Pirates. She loves living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Tim and two corgis, Bollo and Badger.

Jennifer Bleiweiss

Jennifer Bleiweiss


Jennifer is a Registered/Licensed Dietitian and Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. In her private practice, Jen Bleiweis, RD, she coaches a variety of clients and also consults with UF in their Executive Health program. She combines her clinical experience and background of nutrition support, pediatric, and disordered eating with an effective health coaching model to deliver individualized nutrition and wellness plans. As a former triathlete and lifelong fitness enthusiast, she finds helping athletes achieve their nutrition goals the most interesting and satisfying. Jen completed her undergraduate education at the University of Georgia, her Dietetic Internship at the VA Health system in San Diego, and her training for Health Coaching at Duke University. In her time outside her work, Jen enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, reading, and walking her dogs.

Nancy ClarkNancy Clark


Her decades of experience counseling active clients—from “ordinary mortals” to Olympians—helps them win with good nutrition. Her best-selling book, Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, has sold over 800,000 copies and her sports nutrition workshops equipped thousands of dietitians and fitness professionals with knowledge and skills to advance their careers.

Connie DiekmanConnie Diekman


A food and nutrition consultant and media spokesperson based in St Louis, she focuses on cardiovascular disease and wellness. Her experience spans work on an NIH-funded grant on hypercholesterolemia to counseling cardiac rehab patients, including 25 years leading wellness and sports nutrition programs at Washington University in St. Louis. Her volunteer roles include President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and President of the St Louis and Missouri Chapters of the American Heart Association.

Manju KarkareManju Karkare MS RDN LDN CLT FAND


President/CEO, Nutritionally Yours, a private practice focusing on prevention and wellness, gut health, food sensitivities and corporate wellness, she is active in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, recently serving on the Board of Directors. She is motivated to inspire future leaders for CV-Well and the Academy and to elevate the role of RDNs globally.

Mary-Jon LudyMary-Jon Ludy


Dr. Mary-Jon Ludy is Associate Dean of the Graduate College and Associate Professor of Food & Nutrition at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), her undergraduate alma mater. She holds an MS from Tufts University and a PhD from Purdue University. Dr. Ludy is a nutrition scientist whose scholarly work is widely published in peer-reviewed journals, such as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the Journal of American College Health, the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, and Nutrients. Her findings have been profiled by popular press outlets, such as the BBC, CNN, Consumer Reports, The New York Times, Real Simple, and Shape. As a faculty member and administrator, Dr. Ludy is committed to strengthening inclusive, equitable pathways that will enable students to achieve success in the academic and professional world. She received BGSU’s Elliott L. Blinn Award for Faculty-Undergraduate Student Basic Research in 2018, the Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award in 2017, and the Graduate College’s Distinguished Thesis Advisor Award in 2015. She was also recognized with the Faculty Senate Award for Leadership as a Department Chair in 2022. Regionally, Dr. Ludy was honored by the Ohio Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics as Outstanding Research Dietitian in 2022 and Outstanding Dietetic Educator in 2020. Nationally, Dr. Ludy received the Commission on Dietetic Registration Leadership Award in 2022, was recognized as the Research Dietetic Practice Group Member of the Year Award in 2018, and became a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics in 2016. Dr. Ludy holds a professional appointment to the State Medical Board of Ohio’s Dietetics Advisory Council and is Past-President of the Ohio Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Dr. Ludy is also an amateur photographer whose food-focused images have been published on textbook covers for McGraw-Hill Education.

Sharon SmallingSharon Smalling


With 41 years of experience in outpatient counseling, individual and group programming, she is a nationally known leader in cardiac rehab. Active in local dietetics affiliates and SCAN, Sharon has contributed to numerous professional conferences. Through her educational materials and media appearances, she’s also helped to educate the public.

Program Leaders

Jean_Storlie_CV-Well_Leadership_Cultivation_Director.jpgJean Storlie, MS, RD

Leadership Cultivation Director


As President/Owner of Storlietelling LLC, Jean designs and facilitates processes to enable creative collaboration in solving business challenges. She incorporates storytelling and story-based techniques to create highly engaging strategic planning, innovation, and team building sessions. She also offers virtual and live workshops that teach professionals how to create meaningful stories for their business communications and leadership. Jean was a founding member of SCAN and served in several leadership roles in the 1980s, including as Chair in 1987-88. After a long hiatus when she was raising her three kids and working at the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition, she got involved in SCAN again in 2011 to work on the SCAN 30-year history project. Jean subsequently served on the Nominating Committee and then two terms as the SCAN Delegate to the Academy HOD from 2014-20. Jean will support the CV-Well DDG as the Leadership Cultivation Coordinator, helping to identify volunteers to execute key functions/projects and to develop the leadership pipeline. She lives in Minneapolis and loves hiking, biking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, gardening, and camping.

Carrie Hamady

Member Engagement Chair


Carrie Hamady is a clinical professor in the department of Public and Allied Health as well as the coordinator of the Food and Nutrition Program and the Director of the Undergraduate Dietetics Program at Bowling Green State University. She teaches classes in clinical nutrition, lifecycle nutrition for the middle to later years, sports nutrition, and seminar classes for new and senior dietetics students. Carrie has an MS in Health Promotion and her EdD in Leadership Studies. Her interests are in clinical nutrition, sustainability, food insecurity, innovative teaching techniques in dietetics education, and informatics. She is the CPI- Chair for the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has served as the Membership Chair for the past two years. Carrie won the award for best innovation in dietetics education at FNCE, the Faculty Excellence Award for Community-Based Teaching at BGSU, the 2018 Ohio and North Central Region of NDEP Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award in the DPD Program category, the 2020 BGSU Mentoring Excellence Award, and the 2021 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success. Carrie lives in northwest Ohio with her husband and has three kids. They enjoy camping and hiking.